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The fear of Shani – Why do some Hindus fear Lord Sani?

In Hindu astrology there are nine grahas or ‘planets’ and they are Surya, Chandra, Angaraka (Mars), Buddha, Brihaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. There also12 rashis or moon signs, corresponding to the 12 sun signs of the zodiac. Of all the grahas, Shani is a mischief maker and Hindu scriptures suggest that even gods are not spared from Shani’s effect. Shani’s effect is believed to be for seven and half years.
Shani or Saturn revolves around the Sun in about 30 years. Thus it passes through all the 12 rashis in 30 years, spending an average of 2.5 years in each rashi.
The astrology associated with Hinduism assigns a specific moon sign to each individual, which is calculated based on the date, time and place of birth.
Shani’s effect starts when Shani enters the rashi just before your particular rashi and ends when he leaves the rashi that’s after yours. This works out to 2.5 x 3, a total of seven-and-a-half years. This is popularly known as Seven and a half Shani.
This seven an…

Sheetala Ashtami 2018 date - Shitala Ashtami 2018

Sheetala Ashtami is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala in the month of Chaitra (March – April) as per the traditional calendar followed in North India. Sheetala Ashtami 2018 date is March 9. Sheetalashtami Vrat is observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Chaitra month. The popular belief is that observing this Vrata will help in curing various diseases.

Goddess Sheetala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetala Ashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.

People offer various food items to the Sheetala Mata on the day. People also feed old people on the day and take their blessings.

It must be noted here that some communities observe the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of every month as Sheetala Ashtami. But the most auspicious one is the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

You may also like to read Goddess Sheetala

Ekadashi 2017 - Ekadasi Calendar with Fasting Dates for 2017

Ekadashi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Ekadashi 2017 dates based on Hindu Lunar Calendar with paran or fast ending time. Vaikunta Ekadashi in 2017 is on December 29. Nirjala Ekadasi is on June 23, 2018. Fasting on Ekadashi is considered highly auspicious and is believed to help in redemption of sins and in attaining Moksha. Below are the Ekadashi dates in 2017 - fast ending time is different in western parts of India. Rest of India it almost same time.

The Ekadashi dates are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

Paran ritual should be performed before Dwadashi tithi ends. Dwadasi is the day after Ekadasi - the 12th day of a lunar fortnight.

Ekadashi 2017
September 2, 2017 – Parivartini Ekadashi – Parsava Ekadasi September 16, 2017 –Indira Ekadasi

October 1, 2017 -Pasankusa Ekadashi
October 15, 2017 – Rama Ekadasi
October 31, 2017 – Prabodini Ekadasi – Uttahana Ekadashi 

November 14, 2017 – Uttpatti E…

Only positive attitude can push us towards success

Only positive attitude can push us towards success.

First and foremost believe in yourself.

Only a peaceful mind can generate enough power to overcome obstacles in life.

Instead of fuming and fretting, be the change that we want to bring about.

Always expect the best.

A humble and reasonable confidence in one’s abilities is must to achieve success in the world.
Correct self-confidence leads to self-realization.

Right thinking is essential for progress in the path of spirituality

Hindu Calendar Today – March 19, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, March 19, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:38 AM on March 19. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 5:41 AM on March 20.  All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 19, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 4:16 AM on March 19. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 6:50 AM on March 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 6:14 AM on March 19. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 9:09 AM on March 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Ma…